Suprise Canyon Route is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Eggnog, Utah that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November.
The short Surprise Canyon route crosses a broad, grassy drainage before entering a deep canyon in the Waterpocket Fold. After crossing a the dry wash bed of Halls Creek, bear slightly left to crest a small, grassy hill. From here the cairned trail meanders west among colorful outcrops before dropping steeply into a rocky ravine. From here, follow the wash bottom into the deep, relatively narrow canyon. The route ends at the base of a spiraling pouroff 1.0 mile (1.6 km) from the Burr Trail Road. A bypass on the left offers access to the canyon's upper reaches. However, progress is challenging due to large boulder jams and steep, crumbling slopes. https://www.nps.gov/care/planyourvisit/hiking-routes-in-the-waterpocket-district.htm https://www.nps.gov/care/planyourvisit/upload/Waterpocket-District-May15-low-res-locked-for-web.pdf